Wednesday 1 November 2017

About Today Readings

All Saints.

Apocalypse 7:2-4, 9-14. Psalm 23(24):1-6. 1 John 3:1-3. Matthew 5:1-12.

Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face — Psalm 23(24):1-6.

Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face

All Saints Day reminds us that, though pygmies among giants, we are joined to all the saints whom God has called through Jesus. The Beatitudes describe the different ways in which holiness is given shape in our lives.

During the Year of Mercy last year, we were invited to reflect especially on the phrase, ‘Blessed are the merciful, they will be shown mercy’. We know from experience how miserable we become when we are harsh and judgmental. Our bad-smell face and laser lips hurt us more than they do the people we judge. When we are merciful, too, we know that our spirit becomes more expansive.

If being merciful becomes a habit, other people will cut us more slack. As with the other Beatitudes, mercy is God’s gift, a precious gift to pray for and to be thankful for when it is given. Indeed gratitude is the midwife of mercy.

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